There is a lot of hand-wringing and kvetching over Donald Trump being the presumptive Republican nominee. At the same time, many Democrats are also seriously disappointed that Hillary Clinton, not Bernie Sanders, will likely be on the ballot in November.
A choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is vomit-inducing, for both liberals and conservatives. During a Mother’s Day brunch, my conservative mother expressed her utter distaste for Donald Trump, but stated she would vote for him over Hillary. When I mentioned to her there were third party candidates she could choose instead, she said that she wouldn’t waste her vote on Gary Johnson or other alternatives.
We obviously don’t agree on most political issues. However, we do agree on one thing every time, that voting matters above all else. This is the way that I was raised, with the importance of voting in every election being hammered into me from a very early age.
All of the sharing of political articles and petitions means nothing if people do not get out and vote. It may seem very simple, yet there are countless laws and roadblocks thrown up by conservative politicians around the country designed to suppress voting.
If your vote didn’t matter, why would all of this time and money be poured into making it as hard as possible for citizens to cast a ballot? It isn’t a coincidence that all of these voter ID laws are being passed in conservatives states – they have to do whatever they can legally get away with to prevent young people and minorities from going to the polls.
There is a reason why the GOP has declared a war on voting rights. This is why funding for education is being cut in red states. Conservatives are a shrinking minority in America, and they will stop at nothing from keeping us from voting. It’s the only thing they have left.
Make sure you know what your local precinct is, and make sure your voter registration is in order. Then do the same for the people you know. Petitions and memes do not replace showing up on Election Day. Only voting in every election will stop Donald Trump and the GOP, it’s as simple as that.